From active births to water births, there are many techniques that women are using to manage labour to provide the most comfortable birthing experience possible. More recently hypnobirthing has become increasingly popular, but what is it and how could it help you?
To find out more, we caught up with Midwife Teresa Walsh, hypnobirthing expert at The Portland Hospital, to discuss what the technique is and how it might be something you wish to consider during your pregnancy.
What is hypnobirthing?
“It is a form of self-hypnosis but is similar to deep relaxation. It is a physical and mental state of deep relaxation. Hypnobirthing helps guide your breathing to be slow and long, in conjunction with visualisation and deep relaxation, similar to a deep meditation.”
How long has hypnobirthing been around?
“I have been teaching breathing and relaxation since 1992, the same principles have been repackaged and modified to become ‘hypnobirthing’. At The Portland Hospital, we really cater for each individual parent at our hypnobirthing classes. The hypnobirthing technique can be modified and enhanced to suit every woman.”
Can my partner attend the hypnobirthing classes?
“Sessions are optimal if you have a birthing partner to practise the techniques with. Hypnobirthing teaches ultimate relaxation and meditation, which can be beneficial for partners who may be stressed.”
Has The Portland Hospital seen an increase in interest of hypnobirthing?
“Recently we have seen a huge influx in mothers-to-be wanting to attend hypnobirthing classes. The techniques learnt in the classes can be used throughout the pregnancy and after.”
Will I lose control of my body?
“While in the realm of total relaxation women are still in control of their bodies and minds and are by no means in a ‘trance’.”
Will hypnobirthing be right for me?
“Hypnobirthing can be a great choice to help you prepare your body for birth, every expectant mother is different, so finding the right technique and style for you is key.”
If you would like to attend hypnobirthing classes at The Portland Hospital, please contact our Maternity Services Advisor on 020 7390 6068, who will be able to advise you on availability.
If you aren’t having your baby at The Portland Hospital, you can still book in for classes.